Jan. 17, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- The No. 8 Minnesota men's indoor track & field team returns to action this weekend with the Jack Johnson Invitational at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse.
The two-day event kicks off on Friday at 3 p.m. CT with Day Two set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The Gophers paced last year's Jack Johnson Invitational -- finishing first overall with 202 team points. Harun Abda and David Pachuta set UM Fieldhouse records in the 600m (1:16.38) and the 800m (1:49.90. respectively. Abda and Pachuta earned two-of-seven individual event titles at the event.
Minnesota will honor its 2003 Big Ten Men's Outdoor Championship team on Saturday during the Jack Johnson Invitational and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Minnesota's fifth outdoor title. The Gophers set a Big Ten record for points at an outdoor championship in 2003 with the Gophers scoring in 20-of-21 events in the three-day competition held at the university's Bierman Track. Event champions included Mitch Potter (400m; 4x400m Relay), Mikael Jakobsson (4x400m Relay), Adam Steele (4x400m Relay), Andy Wohlin (4x400m Relay), and Karl Erickson (Discus).
The Gophers opened their indoor season with the Northwest Open last weekend, earning 10 individual titles at the event including Jon Lehman's weight throw of 20.74m -- a throw that currently leads the nation.